When I asked about Rage 2’s worst character, I got an unexpected response

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When I asked about Rage 2’s worst character, I got an unexpected response

If I had to name a favorite game of E3 2018 — I’m fickle and bad with favorites — I’d probably say Rage 2. I wrote yesterday that it plays like a mixtape of Bethesda’s portfolio, grafting some of the best bits from Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein and Elder Scrolls onto an open world first-person shooter. Unfortunately, Rage 2 retains the one thing I despised about its predecessor, something I worried would prevent me from really enjoying the sequel.

In 2018, the only thing I remember with any clarity about the original Rage is its tone-deaf depiction of heroes and villains. The good guys were blessed with impossibly perfect skin and preternatural good looks. The villainous foot soldiers were mutants, many with facial wounds that looked an awful lot like my own birth defect: a full cleft lip and palate.

Fortnite’s E3 swag is already going for big bucks online

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Fortnite’s E3 swag is already going for big bucks online

Epic Games gave away a variety of items during its live Celebrity Pro-Am and party at E3, and those goodie bags included codes for 2,500 V-bucks — the game’s virtual currency — and an in-game spray that is exclusive to E3.

It should go without saying that these items are already being sold for large amounts of real cash on the secondary market.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s beta coming in August, with a sneak preview chance through Comcast

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s beta coming in August, with a sneak preview chance through Comcast

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s beta will arrive in August, but players in eight large U.S. cities will get a chance to see it before then thanks to another partnership between Activision and cable provider Comcast.

Beginning today, fans can register for a sweepstakes-like opportunity to be invited to Comcast’s Xfinity Store to play the game, beginning in July. The promotion will take place in Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis and Atlanta over the coming months. Registration begins today, and the first event will be held in mid-July, Comcast’s Mark Cruz said.

Sony’s response to Fortnite controversy is embarrassing

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Sony’s response to Fortnite controversy is embarrassing

For almost two days, Sony had stayed silent about the growing anger over Fortnite accounts that were locked out of playing on the Nintendo Switch due to use on the PlayStation 4. Now the company has finally issued a statement, but it says so little that it‘s practically useless for fans who were hoping Sony would listen to their complaints.

Here‘s what happened: Accounts that have been played on the Nintendo Switch likewise seem to be locked out of the PlayStation 4. Sony never warned players that they could be locked out of using their accounts on future consoles due to playing Fortnite on the PlayStation 4. After the discovery, the company‘s social media account was bombarded with complaints about the situation.

Skull & Bones’ 2019 release date is the best thing to happen to it

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Skull & Bones’ 2019 release date is the best thing to happen to it

When I played Skull & Bones at last year’s E3, it was already a good game. Now that it’s due to launch in 2019, it feels like the team has more time to turn it into something great.

Skull & Bones is a game about fighting like a pirate on the high seas. Raise the mains’l and load the cannons up with chain shot, me hearties, and pillage to your heart’s content. Maneuvering is a stately affair, with ships angling to the wind and trying to be the first to land a broadside, while lining up the shot itself feels a lot like a first-person shooter. Aim with the left trigger, shoot with the right and straight on til’ morn.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is definitely not a Dark Souls game

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is definitely not a Dark Souls game

That’s important because developer FromSoftware spent the last decade making games that are either proper Dark Souls games or precursors, like Demon’s Souls. Even when the developers made the PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne, it was in the Dark Souls mold.

Based on my time behind closed doors playing From’s new game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice breaks that mold.

Mario Tennis Aces is getting more characters — and a new way to unlock them

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Mario Tennis Aces is getting more characters — and a new way to unlock them

Mario Tennis Aces will get two additional playable characters after launch: Koopa Troopa and Blooper. Nintendo announced today that the characters will be added to the game as free, downloadable content this summer.

But there’s a bit of a twist to how Nintendo is rolling out Koopa Troopa and Blooper: Players will only be able to get access to those characters early if they take part in online tournaments for Mario Tennis Aces.

Sea of Thieves’ latest patch adds a new event, cosmetics and more

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Sea of Thieves’ latest patch adds a new event, cosmetics and more

Sea of Thievesnewest patch, version 1.12, is now available; it adds a new event and builds on the Bilge Rat faction introduced last month in The Hungering Deep.

The new event is called Skeleton Thrones, and it gives players 10 thrones to discover in the pirate game’s large open world. Five small thrones may be taken by individual pirates, and five large ones will need multiple crewmates to sit on.

Why Nintendo didn’t show Metroid Prime 4 at E3

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Why Nintendo didn’t show Metroid Prime 4 at E3

Nintendo spent much of its E3 presentation this year highlighting anticipated titles, like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! But many fans expressed disappointment that Metroid Prime 4, which was announced with the briefest of teases during E3 2017, was nowhere to be found.

It’s probably not too surprising, but the game seems to be quite a ways out, and Nintendo aims to only show things that are a little closer to release, said Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime.